REIGNS – Damien Cadio

from Saturday March 2nd - Saturday April 6th, 2019

REIGNS
by Damien Cadio
2 March – 6 April 2019
Opening preview: Saturday March 2th from 17:00 hours

Gerhard Hofland is proud to present Reigns, an exhibition with new paintings by the French artist Damien Cadio (1975, Mont Saint-Aigan, FR). Reigns is the second solo-exhibition by Cadio in the gallery and follows À la Solidarité from 2017.

The paintings of Damien Cadio are as much about their images as they are about painting itself. In the exhibition Reigns the artist follows his desire to paint flowers, through which he retraces historical notions of beauty lost throughout modernism, and questions the idea of the still-life as an obsolete genre.

Starting by making the actual flower pieces in his studio, the French artist photographs his models from various angles even before thinking about what precisely to paint. It is a delicate interplay between the physical reality of the flowers, pure paint on a canvas, and the history and tradition attached to the medium. While the spectator in the end just gets to see a painting, it is only the result of a more elaborate proces that all together elevates the painted flowers beyond notions of narrative, language, and even reality itself.

The flower pieces in Reigns are, therefore, not so much bouquets as they are scenes. Flowers and petals appear almost weightless in contrast to the snails. They seem frozen in time, and are given a certain tension that refers to events that are not caught in the frame of the painting. The paintings are rich and disorientating. A softness is combined with an untraceable threat. The images are full of desire, but also of a poetic sadness, and while they contain stillness, they are also shrouded by a bit of mystery, never revealing what exactly happened in the scene, and why. The way the images are suddenly cut off by the end of the canvas fills them with momentum, while the slowness of the medium itself suspends the spectator’s gaze. They are intense moments that seem to last forever.   


Damien Cadio (1975, Mont Saint-Aigan, FR) lives and works in Nantes, France, where he is professor in painting at the Beaux-Arts Nantes. He holds an MA degree in painting from the Beaux-Arts in Paris,  and was previously awarded the Sovereign Art Prize (2007) and the Prix Antoine Marin (2014). In 2017, Cadio’s work was part of the large-scale exhibition project Le Rêve des Formes at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and works by Cadio are part of many esteemed public and private collections worldwide.

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Damien Cadio, Amputéee (Elephantasy II) 2018, 95 x 75 cm. Oil on Canvas

Damien Cadio, Banished 2019, Oil on canvas - 140x190 cm.

exhibition view Reigns

Damien Cadio, Amputéee (Elephantasy II) 2018, 95 x 75 cm. Oil on Canvas

Damien Cadio, Banished 2019, Oil on canvas - 140x190 cm.

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CV Damien Cadio

Born in Mont Saint-Aignan, France, 1975.

Lives and works in Nantes where he is currently occupied as Professor in Painting at the Art Academy in Nantes, France.

Solo/Duo Exhibitions

2019

Reigns, Gerhard Hofland Amsterdam (NL)

A Rose for M, Maïa Muller Gallery, Paris (FR)

2018

Double jeu, la collection du FRAC Auvergne, Aurillac (FR)

Resonance 2, FRAC Normandie Rouen (FR)

Phenomenes, curated by F. Diering, FRAC Alsace (FR)

2017

Le Rêve des Formes, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (FR)

Á la Solidarité, Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam (NL)

2016

Botanique du Silence, Galerie Eva Hober, Paris (NL)

La Chambre 12, Sleep Disorders, Aubervilliers (FR)

2015

Choices, Beaux-Arts de Paris, Paris (FR)

Murailles, L’assaut de la Menuiserie, Saint-Etienne (FR)

2014

La Folie Hennequin, Galerie Eva Hober, Paris (FR)

Drawing Now, Paris (FR), rep. by Galerie Eva Hober, Paris (FR)

Untitled Solo Exhibition, Galerie Andreas Grimm, München (DE)

2013

Untitled Solo Exhibition, Galerie Andreas Grimm, München (DE)

Arouille, Hastingues, Baigts, Pimbo, Memphis, Tupelo, Le Cap Art Center, Saint-Fons (FR)

It takes a million years to become diamonds so let’s just burn until the sky’s black, with K. Ziemke, Galerie Manzoni Schäper, Berlin (DE)

Excalibur, Micro-Onde Art Center, Velizy-Villacoublay (FR)

2012

Tropical Charlemagne, Galerie Manzoni Schäper, Berlin (DE)

Tupelo, Galerie Eva Hober, Paris (FR)

2011

Aujourd’hui le siècle, MDA Art Center, Grand-Quevilly (FR)

I agree… No! … I Disagree, Galerie Andreas Grimm, München (DE)

2010

Passage à faune, with B. Bak, CRAC Alsace, Altkirch (FR)

2009

Passage à faune, with B. Bak, CRAC Alsace, Altkirch (FR)

Sleeping Instruments, Institut Francais de Berlin, Berlin (DE)

2008

Les fins naturelles, Almine Rech, Paris (FR)

2007

Double Vapeur, Grimm|Rosenfeld, New York (USA)

2006

Goodbye Victoire, Grimm|Rosenfeld, München (DE)

2005

Untitled Solo Exhibition, commissariat d’Eric Corne, Galerie Premier Regard, Paris (FR)

2004

Untitled Solo Exhibition, Galerie French-Made, München (DE)

2000

Mercredi, Maison Bleu, Mayenne (FR)

1999

Viens ici mon tout petit, Maison des Arts, Conches (FR)

Group Exhibitions

2019

Painting Spirit #2, Zoo Galerie au Lieu Unique, Nantes (FR)

Viennacontemporary 2019, represented by Gerhard Hofland Gallery (NL)
Feedback, Musée Crozatier, Le Puy-en-Velay (FR)

A Rose for Mum, Galerie Maia Müller, Paris (FR)
Intoto#7, Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin (DE)

2018

Sleep Disorders #17, Greylight Projects, Brussels (BE)

Double Jeu, la collection du FRAC Auvergne, Aurillac (FR)

Resonance 2, FRAC Normandie, Rouen (FR)

Phenomenes, cur. by F. Diering, FRAC Alsace, Altkirch (FR)

2017

Voici le temps des assassins, cur. by A. Berland, Galerie Journiac, Paris (FR)

Shoulders, cur. by M. Tauber, ODEEH, Giebelstadt (DE)

Le rêve des formes / The Dream of Forms, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (FR)

Bernini, Cadio, Perramant, Galerie Dukan, Leipzig (DE)

Inner Landscapes, cur. by B. Boehm, Kunstraum LCC, New York (USA)

La nuit de la philosophie, Kiasma, Helsinki (FI)

2016

La nuit de la philosophie, Kiasma, Helsinki (FI)

D’autres possibles, comm. T. Fort, Pavillon Vendôme, Clichy (FR)

À quoi tient la beauté des étreintes, FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand (FR)

Maison pour Insomniaque, Rêve 1, Le Garage, Saint-Saens (FR)

Papier Bitte, Galerie C, Neuchâtel (CH)

Only Lovers, Le Coeur, Paris (FR)

2015

Fabriquer le dessin, FRAC Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-lès-Rouen (FR)

REAL, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin (DE)

Pour vous mieux contempler, demeurez au désert, CIA, Paris (FR)

Haut les masques!, Quartier General, La Chaux-de-Fonds (FR)

Rundgang 01, Re-Surgo, Berlin (DE)

Miroir Ô mon miroir, Pavillon Carré Baudouin, Paris (FR)

2014

All Creatures small and great, Galerie Haubs, München (DE)

Extraction, URDLA, Villeurbanne (FR)

La vengeance de Mathilde, Galerie C, Neuchâtel (CH)

Le Mur, Collection Antoine de Galbert, La Maison Rouge, Paris (FR)

Les esthétiques d’un monde désenchanté, CAC de Meymac, Meymac (FR)

Scène Parisienne, Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal (CA)

The Blank Cartridge, Curated by Fleur Helluin, Schloss Neschweinsteiger, Berlin ((DE)

Kentucky Karaoke, DMNDKT, Berlin (DE)

Grey Flags, Curated by T. Chaillou, Backslash Gallery, Paris (FR)

Jeunes Feuilles, URDLA in Paris, Paris (FR)

The End is the Beginning, The Wand, Berlin (DE)

2013

The End is the Beginning, The Wand, Berlin (DE)

Les Centres d’art font leur Cinema, Nuit Blanche, Paris (FR)

Black Out, Galerie Jordan/Seydoux, Berlin (DE)

Sleep Disorders #6, DMNDKT, Berlin (DE)

Friends and Family, Galerie Eva Hober, Paris (FR)

Untitled Group Exhibition, SSIIEE Two, Berlin (DE)

The French Haunted House, SongEun Art Space, Seoul (SK)

La nuit nous verrons clair, La Station, Nice (FR)

There is something between me and the world outside, Galerie Manzoni Schäper, Berlin (DE)

Coeurs Vaillants, curated by Damien Cadio, Galerie Eva Hober, Paris (FR)

2012

Voir en Peinture III, La Box, Bourges (FR)

Sneak Peek, Galerie Manzoni Schäper, Berlin (FR)

2011

D’Après la Ruine, Art Center Vilnius, Vilnius (LT)

State of the Union, Freies Museum, Berlin (DE)

l’Ombre, la lune et les feux, Galerie Patricia Dorfman, Paris (FR)

… with a mental squint, Le 19, CRAC Montbéliard (FR)

2010

La Belle Peinture est Derrière nous, Istanbul (TR), Ankara (TR), Nantes (FR)

False Recognition, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (LT)

NERF, with K. Ziemke, Heroes, Berlin (DE)

Nie Spia Tylko Duchy, CoCA Torun, Torun (PL)

2009

l’Image Cabrée, Prix Richard, Paris (FR)

O Realismo Segunda Parte, MARGS, Porto Alegre (BR)

Wach sind nur die Geister, Phoenix Halle, Dortmund (DE)

Arte na Franca, O Realismo, MASP, Sao Paulo (BR)

Não te posso ver nem pintado, Museo Berardo Lissabon (PT)

2008

Não te posso ver nem pintado, Museo Berardo Lissabon (PT)

Disentangle, Grimm|Rosenfeld, New York (USA)

2007

Tiere II, Kuhstall Moosalpe, Grimm|Rosenfeld, New York (USA)

Menschenbilder, Sammlung Südhausbau Gallery, München (DE)

2006

I’m not There. This isn’t Happening, Grimm|Rosenfeld, New York (USA)

Befremdliche Geschichten, Schloss Agathenburg, Hamburg (DE)

Die Statistenloge, Mit K. Ziemke, KunstraumB, Kiel (DE)

Voir en Peinture Two, La Générale, Paris (FR)

Peindre des Images, Ecole des Beaux Arte de Cornouaille, Quimper (FR)

2002

De toute manière, Académie des Beaux-Arts, Paris (FR)

Education

-Graduated from the Ecole nationale superieure des beaux-arts, Paris in 2004 and the Ecole superieure des beaux-arts, Rouen in 1999

-Master 2 – Fine Arts – Pantheon-Sorbonne 2001

Conferences

-Strategies figuratives de la peinture contemporaine, Université Paris I, 2018

-L’image fantôme 2, Interface, Sorbonne, Paris

-La fabrique de la peinture, Collège de France, Paris

-Gespräch mit Cyrille Noirjean, URDLA, Villeurbanne

-Sortir de la grille du modernisme, la narration, Ensa, Bourges

Grants

-First Prize-winner of the 2014 Antoine Marin Prize, Arcueil

-Prix Ricard 2009 (nominated)

-First Prize-winner of the 2007 Sovereign European Art Prize, London

Music

-“Histoire de l’ombre”, a film from Alex Pou, Phantom Production, 2012

-“L’invisible”, a film from Alex Pou, 2007

-“Tous les chercheurs et historiens vous remercient” a performance from L. Paviani et C. Dauchez, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2003

-Live with Pierre & Leo Guy, Batofar, Palais de Tokyo,… 2004

-“The Last”, Alex Pou, Institut Français et Moltkerei Werkstatt, Köln, 2002

-as ErmanZoe, Kile Tracks, One thing disturbed me in what we did last night, Reed Eyi.

Catalogs

-Resonance, Frac Normandie, 2018

-La chambre #12, Gespräch mit Sophie Delpeux, ed. Sleep Disorders, 2016

-The blank cartridge , 2014

-La belle peinture 2, Maurice : Institut Français, 2014

-Monographie, Micro-Onde Vélizy-Villacoublay / Galerie Eva Hober, 2013

-Sleep Disorders #6, 2013

-The end is the beginning, The Wand, Berlin, 2013

-Friends & Family, Galerie Eva Hober, 2013

-La belle peinture 2, Bratislava : Institut Français, 2013

-La belle peinture est derrière nous, Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, 2012

-D’après la ruine, Vilnius, 2011

-…with a mental squint, Le 19, Crac Montbéliard, 2011

-State of the Union, Berlin, 2011

-Forteresse, Monographie, CRAC Alsace / Galerie Almine Rech, 2011

-Awake are only the spirits, HMKV, 2009

-L’image cabrée, Judicael Lavrador, 2009

-Befremdliche Geschichten, 2006

-De toute manière, ENSBA, Paris, 2002

Publications

-L’Officiel Arts N°11, Thibaut de Ruyter, 2014

-Kaltblut Magazine, Fleur Huellin, 2014

-Elle mai 2014, Hector Obalk , 2014

-Le monde, Philippe Dagen, 2014

-Kaltblut N°4, Fleur Huellin, 2013

-Mouvement N°69, 2013

-Sang Bleu N°6, Entretien avec Timothée Chaillou, 2013

-Annual Magazine, Thibaut de Ruyter, 2012

-Le monde, Philippe Dagen, 2012

-Art Press N°387, Hors-champ, Thibaut de Ruyte, 2012

-Les Inrocks, Judicaël Lavrador, 2012

-Mouvement N°62, Zones indécises, Alain Berland, 2012

-Le quotidien de l’art, Léa Bismuth, 2012

-Standard N°32, 2011

-Zero Deux, 2009

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